Livingston County Tourism to Host Outdoor Writers Association
Writers will explore the natural beauty of the western Finger Lakes
Geneseo, N.Y.-The Livingston County Tourism Office has won the bid to host the New York State Outdoor Writers Association's 2011 "Spring Safari" May 12-15.
In securing the bid, Livingston County Tourism created a four-day itinerary featuring activities such as guided turkey hunting in Letchworth State Park and fishing on Conesus Lake, a visit to New York's newest state park, Hemlock/Canadice State Forest, guided birding tours, hikes and more.
"We're thrilled to be able to host the Spring Safari in Livingston County and share all of the natural wonders that exist in our area," said Lisa Burns, director of the Livingston County Tourism Office. "We invite people to explore Livingston County and to 'have a field day.' We're sure these outdoor writers will do just that, and will bring their experiences to their own readers who will then want to visit and explore for themselves, making a positive economic impact on the area."
The writers will be living in the outdoors on their visit, in cabins in Letchworth State Park. Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth will also be the location for a welcome reception, special clam bake and barbeque, hikes and a stone tool technology exhibit and demonstration.
"We felt it was important to provide the members of the NYSOWA with an authentic experience during their time in Livingston County," Burns said. "They will meet with naturalists and experts while they're in the environment. Our goal is to provide them with a deeper understanding of what we have to offer."
Approximately 20 writers will attend the event, and outdoor recreation partners such as Genesee Valley Greenway, Finger Lakes Trail/Letchworth Branch and David Curtis Canoes will meet with the writers to give them personalized information about their work and the area.
"I was thrilled with the proposal from Livingston County Tourism," said Christopher Kenyon, site selection chair for the NYSOWA Spring Safari. A published outdoor writer, Kenyon is the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for Wayne County. "We're looking forward to experiencing all of the outdoor activities that have been planned for us, and look forward to getting to know Letchworth State Park and the rest of Livingston County better."